Pokémon Mystery Dungeon Animated Shorts Introduce The New Game

By Ishaan . March 25, 2013 . 2:00pm

A few months ago, The Pokémon Company released a bunch of animated shorts to promote Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity in Japan. These shorts are now being made available in English to coincide with the game’s U.S. release, which happened this past weekend. You can watch two of them below:




Look out for our impressions of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity later this week, too. There’s also a demo available on the eShop in case you want to try it out for yourself.

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  • JB2448

    I’m really tired of whoever’s in charge of dubbing Pokémon animations adding and editing music that wasn’t present in the original Japanese dub of the animation. Not many people notice, but it only serves to upset those who do. It also costs money to get it composed, I’d assume. Why do it? To give someone something to do for money? If you’re going to do it, at least make the additional music orchestrated; otherwise, it clashes with the original music still present.

    • It’s probably licensing issues with the original track — it may be cheaper to use someone else’s tunes than to buy the permission/rights to use the original composer’s tunes. I don’t think they’re doing it to offend you.

      • JB2448

        See, that’d make sense if they replaced the entire track and didn’t add in music where there was once silence, but neither of those points are true. And I don’t have enough of a persecution complex to believe that they’re going out of their way to piss people off, but I just wish there was an explanation for it.

        • Whelp. I guess PKMN dubbing company hates you.

        • M’iau M’iaut

          The subject of licensing has been covered here a lot. It is an absolute mess where music can be licensed separate from vocals, each track licensed separately, etc. As regards music in places it wasn’t before, that can be the result of differences in the styling of cartoons/anime west versus east. Most children-specific programming here is full of music and sound. Different audiences, different expectations.

          • Suicunesol

            I understand the whole anime vs. western cartoons thing, but I’m not sure about music licenses. Pokemon Company is an international company that handles the anime directly now, right? Save for the vocal music, they should have all the rights to the actual soundtrack. They produce the thing. A whole lot of the tracks are even orchestral remixes of actual music from the games.

            I remember reading about the original Pokemon movie and how the entire audio track was redone to suit American audiences.

          • gamerdude

            Eek that’s … a bit terrible. Don’t you hate being pandered like that?

  • AuraGuyChris

    Is it bad that I want a Pokemon anime that’s NOT focused on loser Ash? Really, these little spin-offs would be much more appreciated.

    • Zenthos

      I agree.The shorts have always been better than the actual shows themselves.

    • salvapot

      Its Called Pokemon Chronicles. It failed. I kinda liked it.

    • hawk222

      Only if it’s bad that I don’t want talking Pokemon unless they’re saying their own names (or cries, if you go by the video games) or unless they’re inherently psychic. (For example, MewTwo is inherently psychic, but a Pokemon like Woobat or Snorlax that can learn Psychic is not.)

  • Will Jay

    Too bad you can’t actually have a female Pikachu as a partner in the English version of the game. Or a female partner at all. Because lazy localization.

    Way to rub salt in the wound, Nintendo.

    • Suicunesol

      You can choose your partner’s gender in the Japanese version?


  • gamerdude

    Watched them already in japanese. The artwork is 100% more awesome than in the anime.

    Just look at those lush background paintings!

    I wish they did less episodes and focused more on quality of each one.

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